Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White
Narrated by Martin Sheen
“exceptional...absorbing...gorgeous visual palette”
- The Los Angeles Times
“the film puts White's legal battle in the context of historical and ongoing racism against Native Americans that has resulted in legacies of poverty, alcoholism, and the highest suicide rate in the country.”
- The Village Voice
“poetic...haunting...turned the government’s case inside out”
- Indian Country Today
GENRES: Documentary, Politics, History, Religion & Spirituality
Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White is the story of Douglas White, an 89 year old Lakota Sioux medicine man from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, who spent 17 years in federal prison for a crime he did not commit. During the making of this film, filmmakers uncovered new evidence of White’s “actual innocence” and brought the case back to federal court.
Holy Man offers a rare glimpse into the mysterious world of Lakota religion, their intimate connection to the land, and a provocative expose of the systemic injustice that Native Americans face in the criminal justice system. Holy Man is narrated by Martin Sheen and features Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Russell Means, Arvol Looking Horse, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, Leonard Crow Dog, and many other Lakota elders and leaders.
Director: Jennifer Jessum
Runtime: 84 minutes